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2 October 2010 by romanin

“The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason”

-Blaise Pascal, ‘Pensèes’

This bit of wisdom is forgotten in our day and age.  Today we seem to take scholars like Darwin and choose to adhere to what we like, and discard that which he wrote and said that we don’t like.  Conversely, we look at Christian literature and we say the author did this and that, or this chapter says this heresy or that heresy, and we discount the whole work, never stopping to ask the simple question about important concepts; “is this true?”  We form and mould truth so that everything is within our grasp and within our power, thereby fundamentally destroying reason while still calling it reason.  We take the romance and mystery out of reason and truth simply to avoid the possibility that we are not in control, that we have very little power, and that we are to be held responsible for our actions.  In order to convince one’s self that he or she is not sinful, one must lie to one’s self and, subsequently, believe it.  This is what post-modern philosophy has done to many.

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